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Amsterdam Smart City wins European award

Amsterdam Smart City is the winner of the European “City Star Award 2011”.

This award is awarded to the project that according to the jury is the best example that shows how to deal with and promote the use of sustainable energy in cities. Amsterdam Smart City does this by brings public and private organizations and citizens together and by stimulating them to work together to test new technologies and initiatives in the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area.

This “City Star Award” is part of the the European Commission’s annual RegioStarAwards. The objective of the RegioStars Awards is to identify good practices in regional development and to highlight original and innovative projects which could be attractive and inspiring to other regions. Amsterdam Smart City is the first Dutch award winning project.

Alderman of Economic Affairs of the City of Amsterdam, Carolien Gehrels, received the award in Brussels: “Moving forward requires developing innovative solutions together with citizens in Amsterdam and public and private organizations. The city is proud of Amsterdam Smart City and the stimulating role it plays in this field. The collaboration between public and private parties is essential. Within the Economic Development Board, universities, businesses and government have joined forces as well.

About Amsterdam Smart City
Amsterdam Smart City is an independent partner for climate and energy projects. The organization gathers companies, authorities and citizens in Amsterdam to use energy in a smart way and test new technologies. Amsterdam Smart City is an initiative of the Amsterdam innovation Motor (AIM) and Liander, in close collaboration with the city of Amsterdam. Since the start in 2009, sixteen projects have been started in cooperation with more than 70 partners in the field of sustainable working, living, mobility and public space. In the last two years Amsterdam Smart City gained experience and knowledge on how to create successful cooperations, how to develop awareness and how to implement smart technologies. These results and experiences will be the foundation for future projects. By doing so, Amsterdam Smart City effectively serves as an accelerator for climate and energy projects and in this way will contribute towards the fulfillment of the objectives of the city of Amsterdam, to reduce CO2 emissions by 40% compared to 1990 by the year 2025.